Give to Get

Life is an echo. What you send out comes back. What you sow, you reap. What you give, you get. What you see in others exists in you”- Zig Ziglar

With history and nature as our witness, we can swear that if any law which has never changed and has influenced each of our lives, it is the law of Karma, i.e, what you sow is what you reap. We witness this law from time to time in form of disasters and economic depressions.

Our world is just emerging out of a pandemic that has taken all of us back to the state where we were two decades ago. This year particularly has not been very pleasant for the humankind. Starting from forest fires, riots, border tensions, and pandemic, we have been facing a lot.

But also this is a good time to revaluate our actions that has led to these consequences. In the past 2-3 decades the world, in general, has experienced a drastic development. But at what cost?

We have cut trees and have not replaced them, we have polluted the water and air and ultimately disturbed the habitat of others. With so much development came comfort that made us forget that we owe back to society for what we get. Everybody started thinking in terms of how to get more from society and nature without paying much in return. This attitude completely disturbed the balance between development and nature.

The more important question is, what can we do now?

The answer is very simple. We need to develop an attitude of ‘give to get’ rather than ‘get and get’. Nature is a fair player. As long as we give, it will multiply the results and send more opportunities our way. This is how our societies had been functioning in the past and it is high time we bring the same culture back.

In the end, I would just like to quote Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Sow a thought and you reap an action, sow an act and you reap a habit, sow a habit and you reap a character, sow a character and you reap a destiny

Let me know your views on this.

Published by Sruti Shivakumar

An architect from India on a journey of self exploration

3 thoughts on “Give to Get

  1. Excellent post, Sruti! So very true that humanity needs an attitude adjustment. Love the Emerson quote.

    I think that the pandemic has shown us a return of wild animals where human activity has paused. There is so much human suffering and economic damage from the pandemic, but it has sent us messages from Mother nature and messages about human kindness and heroism as well. 🙂 All the best! Cheryl

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